In Reply to: BMWCCA..advantages? posted by Bob F on March 30, 1999 at 12:52:51:
First, I agree with re: mandatory equip. for open cars; and, as you aptly pointed out, the related diminishing effect upon the utility of any local chapter publication. That blows!
I didn't buy my '98 1.9 for those events, but, I'm kinda envious anyway...
Roundel is very nice, IMHO. Presumably, only Porsche's could be better. I dunno for sure. The SF Bay Area Golden Gate Chapter's monthly "Die Flusternde Bombe" itself is comparable to the national club publications for some other marques.
The big payoff, for me, has been the discounts I've enjoyed directly or indirectly from BMWCCA membership.
In ten months of ownership, my membership has translated into ~$70 of reduced spending. Only $2.75 of that total can be considered as nonessential or impulse. (Gave my wife a Z3 key chain for Christmas.) The others items included floormats, locking wheel studs, touch-up paint, oil filter cap wrench. I saved $40 alone on the windscreen that I bought from an East Coast dealer that advertises in Roundel.
Granted, discounts seem to be mostly applicable to parts. However, the local chapter can also direct you to some places that will honor BMWCCA discounts for services and labor too. Whether or not their prices will be jacked-up or not to compensate for BMWCCA discount, I dunno - haven't tested it yet. Caveat Emptor.
$35 is $35, YMMV. Personally, $35 seems rather small in the whole BMW ownership scheme of things.
My wife was against it when I joined. I just said: "Well, if after a year, it's not worth it, I won't renew."
: Let me begin by saying this is not intended to be bitch letter against the BMWCCA. I am hoping that someone can show me how we as roadster owners benifit from belonging.
: After buying my M Roadster I saw the adds and thought, Wow this will be cool, I can join in the driving schools and learn a few things. Then I find out , "sorry, NO open top cars" Hmmmmm. Well that sucks. But OK, Their game, their rules.
: Now I don't know about anyone else, But I am certainly not going to butcher my 40K car with roll cages and 5 point restraints just for a "maybe" once a month ordeal.
: Don't get me wrong here, I am not sure I would wish to be in the instructors shoes either, And we all know how lawyers have screwed things up with regards to liability.
: Take the old lady who was too stupid to realize she was trying to drive her car with a cup of coffee in her hands.
: that cost Mac's $3 mil because they didnt tell her it was HOT !!!!
: Or look in your own car at all the stickers to warn you of possible death from airbags.
: So I ask, what does my 35 bucks do for me?
: the magazine is nice, but not worth $35
: the local newsletter is slick, but tells of all the events I can't attend because I bought a roadster.
: on what? Ok, I bought two T-shirts at the dealer, but that was it.
: I am afraid I cant justify this expense.